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This Day in Georgia History

January 03, 1947

Mankin Term Ended

Fifth district congresswoman Helen Douglas Mankin, ended her first and only term in Congress. Mankin is often credited as being the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia. [See Oct. 1 entry for 1940 entry to see why technically, this distinction belongs to Florence Gibbs.] Following the resignation of Atlanta Robert Ramspeck on Dec. 31, 1945, Mankin had been elected in a special election to fill his remaining term. In 1946, she unsuccessfully campaigned for reelection. Mankin was born Sept. 11, 1894 in Atlanta and died in College Park, Ga. after an accident on July 25, 1956.

To view an image of Helen Douglas Mankin, see the Digital Library of Georgia.
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Source: United States Congress